Councils splash out on iPads at taxpayers expense

This article originally appeared on the Telegraph, April 22, 2014

Taxpayers have forked out more than £130,000 on iPads for councils in the 2013/14 financial year.

349 iPads were given to council workers at a cost of £130,809.83 to the British taxpayer.

This is up from the £20,335.44 spent on 32 iPads in 2011/12, representing a leap of 543 per cent.

In total, since 2011, councils have spent £191,520.12 on 497 tablets.

Only three of these went to councillors, with the rest going to support staff around the council.

Jonathan Isaby, chief executive of the Taxpayers’ Alliance, said: “iPads are a premium product with a premium price tag which has contributed to this extraordinary bill.

“Taxpayers expect value for money, not for the council to spend their money on buying the latest, most expensive gadget when more cost effective alternatives are available.”

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